My Friends are Disorders.

In my previous post, I made a full, public confession that we’ve hit rock bottom. As David says, “We’re properly on our arses”. Since the first lockdown we’ve been surviving on Universal Credit. We are fortunate that the Community Larder drop off the just after the best before date produce from the local supermarkets every week and we choose … Continue reading My Friends are Disorders.

Give it a rest.

It all started when I decided I wanted to share stories from a cross-section people who'd spent Christmas in Jail. My aim was to highlight the positive and funny side to let loved ones know that it might not be as bad as they think and have a much-needed giggle. Mission accomplished and some, because I … Continue reading Give it a rest.

What is BPD? Part 3.

In What is BPD? Part One I provided a brief explanation of Borderline Personality Disorder, the nine characteristics that form the diagnostic criteria and the prevalence of BPD in our prisons. I then covered each of the nine characteristics and how they relate to David and I, in What is BPD? Part 2. In this, … Continue reading What is BPD? Part 3.

What is BPD? Part 2

In Part One of What is BPD? I said I would write about our life with BPD. I've pulled on my big girl pants, thrown the mask to the floor and I'm ready to spill my guts! Actually, I've probably hyped it up a bit too much, and it's thin on salacious details. No, I … Continue reading What is BPD? Part 2

What is BPD? Part One.

I usually write blogs about David and loved ones of people in prison because I am passionate about the lives of people in prison. So why the hell am I poking my nose into Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD)?? Because 80% of the people in our prisons are affected by BPD. That's not a rough guess. … Continue reading What is BPD? Part One.

TON UP!

It is remarkable how things turn out sometimes. I am not only able to celebrate my 100th blog, but I am also able to celebrate, and of course, promote ; ) my debut book 'A Father's Son.' I have banged on for ages and will continue to do so, about the importance of education, especially … Continue reading TON UP!

Wrong answer.

Once again we have an announcement from the UK government, over a weekend or bank holiday, with regards to our prisons. This heading and sub-heading coming from Bloomberg politics. 'U.K.’s Johnson Unveils $3 Billion Jail Plan to Ease Overcrowding' U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he plans to spend as much as 2.5 billion pounds … Continue reading Wrong answer.

Inspirationville

I wanted to write a blog yesterday about this experience, however, I became somewhat overwhelmed. Fortunately, I can count Michael Irwin and The Tartan Con as contacts and also as friends. It wasn't so much the advice more the silent understanding. So, before I begin I would like to say a massive thank you to … Continue reading Inspirationville

Facts, fears and fables: Silent Battles: Reform!

Those who know me personally can confirm I usually have around 20 projects on the go at any one time in what may be considered a pretty hectic life. However it may look, I do in fact, have quite a lot of structure built in. Organised chaos as the saying goes. Living with complex mental … Continue reading Facts, fears and fables: Silent Battles: Reform!

Does it heal?

“In light of history, experience and the present limitations of human knowledge, we find it quite impossible to say that committing to the untrammelled discretion of the jury the power to pronounce life or death in capital cases is offensive to anything in the Constitution" (as cited in, Wolfgang & Riedel, p.120). Wolfgang, Marvin, and … Continue reading Does it heal?